NEW DELHI(IANS): India has granted visas to members of the Pakistani Special Investigation Team, sent…
NEW DELHI: A five-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT) from Pakistan to probe the deadly terrorist attack on the Pathankot Air Force Base will arrive in the national capital on Sunday.
The team comprises of officials from both the military intelligence as well as civil administration. The team, which was granted visas on Friday, would visit the NIA headquarters on March 28 and Pathankot on March 29.
According to sources, the JIT comprises of Punjab Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) AIG Rai Tahir as convener, Intelligence Bureau Lahore Deputy Director General Azim Arshad, Lt. Col Tanvir Ahmed of the ISI, Lt, Col Irfan Mirza of MI and Gujranwala CTD Investigating Officer Shahid Tanveer.
However, reports state that the team’s movement would be restricted only to the area of the engagement between security forces and the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj earlier said that Pakistan’s joint investigation team would arrive in India on March 27 and start functioning from the very next day.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh earlier said that the modalities for conducting the Pathankot attack probe would be worked out once Pakistan’s joint investigation team arrives in the country.
On January 2, terrorists attacked the Pathankot Air Force Station, part of the Western Air Command of the Indian Air Force. Four terrorists were killed and two security personnel were martyred in the gun battle.
This will be the first time that Pakistani intelligence and police officials are travelling to India to investigate a terror attack.
If all goes well, the move may pave the way for furthering of the dialogue between India and Pakistan that got stalled after Pathankot attack.
The five-member JIT is expected to leave for India on Sunday. The team, according to reports, is coming fully prepared with 50-point questionnaire in hand to investigate the Pathankot attack.